ABERYSTWYTH were the victors as a fine day of cricket was played out on Saturday for the West Wales Cricket Conference T20 Finals Day.
The Cambrian News reported “Aber, who overcame the challenge of Aberaeron in the semi-finals, triumphed over the Commoners, who had earlier toppled Talybont Rachel’s, by 22 runs.
The day opened with the first of the two semi-finals between Aberystwyth and Aberaeron.
Aber’s Caleb Spencer continued his good form by clean bowling Alex Pitchford for 2. Steff Rees came in at 3 and was showing signs of his good summer, but was caught behind by Robert Rudge off the bowling of Zaid Khan.
Meanwhile, John Fice (20) kept the score board ticking over. Hywel Rees was next out for 12, caught by Tom Williams right down by his boot laces off the bowling of Andi Price.
Chris Strange was next man in and proceeded to smash the Aberystwyth bowlers to all parts of the ground, hitting 6 sixes and 5 fours in his 68. He was out in the final over thanks to Williams as Aberaeron set Aber 120 to win.
Aber openers Price and Mark Evans started slowly against Steff Rees with the new ball. However, Evans took a fancy to the short-ball tactics and hit a very quick 32 before Rees pitched one up and had Evans caught at cover.
Wickets fell regularly but the Aber batsmen chased out their target with three overs to spare, winning by four wickets.
The second semi-final saw the Commoners’ opening bowlers of Ian Lawton and James Brian tear though the Talybont Rachel’s batting line-up for just 69 in 12 overs.
The Commoners openers of Rakesh Bhatia and Dave Wilcoxon then reached their target without much fuss in the 10th over.
For the final, Aber captain Daniel decided to take the gamble and bat first” here.